Siemens Gamesa & Dominion Energy seal Coastal Virginia deal

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/12/2021 Siemens Gamesa
Siemens Gamesa has announced the next steps being taken with Dominion Energy subsidiary Dominion Energy Virginia for delivery of offshore wind turbines and 10-years of service at its 2.6-GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial scale project.

An agreement has been reached planning to use 176 units of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in operation, the SG 14-222 DD, and for an expected 10-year Service agreement. The agreement is subject to customary conditions, including required governmental permitting.

All items are anticipated to be closed by Q1 2023. Installation of the mammoth project in waters off the coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia is expected to begin in 2024 with completion scheduled by 2026.

“This agreement is historic for many reasons, most notably as the next step towards the planned deployment of our flagship SG 14-222 Direct Drive turbine. It also brings our planned offshore wind turbine blade finishing facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, one step closer to reality - the first in the colossal U.S. offshore market. Perhaps more importantly, this marks the point where we prove that as the leaders of the offshore revolution, we begin to write history for a cleaner, greener environment in the United States,”
said Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

“Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy brings decades of experience as the global leader in wind turbine technology to our Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project,”
said Joshua Bennett, Dominion Energy Vice President of offshore wind. “Siemens Gamesa is a valued partner on our two-turbine pilot project and will look forward to continued success as we work together to make commercial offshore wind a reality for our Virginia customers.”

“We are delighted to be partnering Dominion Energy on this milestone development, making a significant addition to Virginia’s quest for 100% clean energy through our state-of-the-art turbines. With completion of the development set for 2026, Virginia is setting the standard for rapid decarbonization and energy transition, against which other states will judge their success. Virginia will rightly be able to boast that it has achieved utility-scale energy generation in just a few years, whereas entire countries took decades,”
said Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore North America at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.